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August 16, 2011

TD Bank Group to acquire MBNA Canada's credit card business

TORONTO--TD Bank Group (TD) and Bank of America Corporation today announced a definitive agreement under which TD will purchase MBNA Canada's credit card portfolio, as well as certain other assets and liabilities. TD will pay a modest premium on an expected $8.5 billion of credit card receivables at closing.

"We are very pleased to be acquiring MBNA Canada's credit card business. This acquisition will position TD as a top card issuer in Canada," said Ed Clark, Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group. "We've consistently said that we will seize good opportunities that make strategic sense, fit within our risk profile and are financially attractive. This franchise brings new customers to TD, provides attractive additional options for our customers and is a great complement to our existing high-growth credit card business."

MBNA Canada  is the country's largest MasterCard issuer. This acquisition will significantly build on TD's existing Canadian credit card business, which has successfully grown to approximately 4 million active accounts. With this transaction, TD will add 1.8 million active accounts to its base.

"This transaction boosts our capability in credit cards and increases our scale in this business, allowing us to further leverage our distribution capabilities," said Tim Hockey, President and CEO, TD CanadaTrust. "Acquiring this business makes TD a dual issuer of both Visa and MasterCard, giving customers greater choice."

"TD also has a strong history in the affinity market and this transaction will allow us to increase our presence in this space," added Hockey. "We look forward to working with new affinity partners in credit cards and to welcoming new customers to TD."

 

 

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